Dolci & Joes goes… plus other closings

Dolci & Joe's is closed.

Perhaps the New Year forced some restaurants to take a hard look at how their businesses were doing. Suddenly, news of closings are everywhere. A quick roundup:

Dolci & Joes, the sandwich shop at 3425 E. Douglas known for fabulous sweet potato fries and homemade ketchup, is gone. A sign posted on the door of the empty building thanks customers for their patronage and says the business is “closed until further notice.” Phone calls to the owners haven’t been returned, but once they are, we’ll let you know if that means there’s hope for a reopening.

And the Wiener Is, 2322 E. Douglas: I told you about this one yesterday. That place has vanished into thin air. The building shows no signs the restaurant was ever there.

Sloppy Joe’s, 803 N. West St. After six months in business, Sloppy Joe’s, the tiny restaurant that specialized in the messy sandwich, has closed.

Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill, 233 N. Mosley: I wondered for years how this chain in Old Town was hanging on. It isn’t any more.

Imbiss Grille, 315 N. Mead: I also wondered how this German restaurant made it, though it kept making it and making it. Now, it’s closed, and businessman Chris Fincher plans to open Todd Brians Brick Street Cafe & Tavern in the space in February.

Speedy Burger, 3090 W. 13th St. N.: This burger joint, which reopened in February after a car crashed into it, has apparently been closed for a couple of months.

d’Sozo, 1812 S. Seneca: The vegan restaurant isn’t closed, per se, but chef Miguel Larcher recently took it over and changed the name to Miguel’s Eat-In Cafe. He’ll continue to operate at the space with the same hours — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Fridays — until he finds a new location.

Know of any other sudden closures I’m missing? E-mail me.

And the Wiener Is… not hot dogs in Wichita

Brad Standing just after And the Wiener Is relocated and opened in the summer of 2010

Moments ago, I confirmed what a disconnected telephone number and several panicked Facebook wall postings suggested: And the Wiener Is is no more.

The building at 2322 E. Douglas, where the restaurant has operated since June of 2010, is completely empty, and there’s a “for lease” sign in the window.

Buddies Brad Standing and Kody Allen opened the hot dog restaurant in May 2009. The restaurant, which changed locations once and names three times. (It’s also been known as Let’s Be Frank and Get Franked), helped spark a hot dog trend in Wichita that resulted over the next few years in a slew of new hot dog themed restaurants, including the now-closed Linkhaus and Brats N Hots.  

A few hot dog restaurants are still in business around Wichita, including The Dog House Carryout at 707 N Mount Carmel St.,  but it looks like the end of the trend may have arrived.

Brats N Hots will close on Saturday

Brats N Hots, the hot dog-themed restaurant that opened earlier this year at 601 S. Greenwich, will close at the end of business on Saturday.

Owners sent out this e-mail to customers this morning.

Brats N Hots is one of many hot-dog themed restaurants that have opened over the past several years, including And the Wiener Is, Dog House Carryout, Bierocks, Brats N’ BBQ, Relish This, and more. Hot dog restaurant Linkhaus closed earlier this year.

Hot diggity dog day

linkhausdogDo you realize that at this very moment you have LESS THAN 24 HOURS to prepare for National Hot Dog Day?

Don’t panic. There’s still time to map out a strategy for tomorrow. I have a few suggestions for how you might choose to celebrate the frankest of holidays

You could go to Linkhaus, the new hot dog restaurant and bar at 7817 E. 37th St. N. They’ll have hot dogs on special all day — $1 for regular dogs and $2 for quarter-pounders.

You also could visit Dog House Carryout, a little to-go hot dog place at 707 N. Mount Carmel, that’s getting a lot of buzz from local wiener aficionados who seem to especially like its Cincinnati dog.

There’s also Let’s Be Frank Get Franked And The Wiener Is, a restaurant that’s undergone more name and location changes than can be counted in the time we have here. It’s now open at 2322 E. Douglas, selling all the dogs that made it famous.

Or you could participate in one of my favorite hot dog traditions — driving into the nearest Sonic and demanding a chili cheese dog with all the fixins.

Any other dog suggestions out there?

And the wiener is…

andtheweineris.jpg 002And the wiener is… hot dog puns!!

The former Get Franked (which was the former Let’s Be Frank) has yet another new name — And the Wiener Is — and a new location. It opened a week ago at 2322 E. Douglas, less than a block west of and across the street from its original Douglas location.

Top dog Brad Standing has added several new dogs to the menu board, and the new place has seating for around 35, which is more than the previous location.

andtheweineris.jpg 007Let’s Be Frank was a pioneer in the recent rash of hot dog restaurants in Wichita and has had landlord and copyright issues during its first year of business, necessitating its location and name changes.

He’ll be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays, and from noon to 4 a.m. Saturdays.